NZGamer's Scores

  • Games
For 2,019 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 62% higher than the average critic
  • 6% same as the average critic
  • 32% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 2.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 77
Highest review score: 100 Tomb Raider
Lowest review score: 20 Deca Sports Freedom
Score distribution:
2019 game reviews
    • 79 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Hours of futuristic sporty goodness to be had. To my old Amiga buddies, come on over for a round of King of the Court. Just remember to bring those steel balls of yours.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    If you are looking for a game that you can pick up and play a few rounds on your lunch break, or spend a few hours playing with friends while laughing, strategizing, and blasting your way to victory, I’d say quelling the menacing alien forces is well worth the enlistment price.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    If post-nuclear apocalyptic thrillers are your thing, then Metro 2033 should be on your “must buy” list.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Although the puzzles are simplistic, and occasionally frustrating, they won't stop the hardened Castlevania fan. The impressive vistas, detailed cutscenes and huge bosses will keep players hooked.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    This is the first sign we’ve had that Destiny just might become the game many think it could be.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    If you're looking for the very best Pokémon game yet, you'll find it in Black or White. The changes they've made tweak the formula in good ways and the all-new world in which the all-new Pokémon live in is worth exploring...If, however, you're hoping for a significant revamp that addresses the myriad of fiddly quirks the series has collected over its 15 years or simply brings the title inline with other modern RPGs, you'll be (yet again) disappointed.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Taken as a whole, Shatter combines well-thought-out gameplay with a highly polished and immersive aesthetic. Only a particular type of person need apply, perhaps, but if you’re into Geometry Wars or other score-based titles, Shatter should keep you satisfied.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Droplitz doesn't have any multiplayer modes, which is a slight shame. Luckily, then, the single player is fantastic.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Rhythm Thief & the Emperor's Treasure is about as connected an experience as you'll find in the genre. The characters are cool, the narrative interesting, and the gameplay (mostly) very enjoyable.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    While the tutorials could see some work, and the tooltip text and other UI elements of the PlayStation 4 version are inconsistent in their size, this doesn’t detract from the game’s solid foundation.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    When all is said and done, what you have here is a true SoulCalibur console experience in your pocket.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Pokken Tournament is an impressive game that carefully treads the line between a deep, complex game for fighting aficionados and an accessible, approachable one for the more casual audience.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Ironically, one of the most meaningful games you’ll play.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The intriguing plot and engaging gameplay make Beyond Good & Evil well-worthy of the 800 Microsoft points it costs to download.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Socom is a solid package; it looks good, has loads of options with a detailed single player and extensive multiplayer. It moves at a good speed, never gets boring, has boatloads of content and the core gameplay is not just well executed it's also a hell of a lot of fun to play as well.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    With its gorgeous graphics, finely crafted gameplay, and plenty of content, Spec II is definitely a winner for fans of racing simulations.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Despite a little wear and tear, the original Ratchet and Clank Trilogy more than gives you bang for your buck.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    While at times frustrating (like all good adventure games), Resonance is an interesting combination of gritty, creepy, and above all else, humorous. Working with memories, and different characters' perceptions of events makes for a satisfying approach to the story.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Graphically the game is great, aside from the multiplayer, and the storyline is one of the most gripping and enthralling we've seen. If you were thinking of buying it for the single-player alone, you could easily give it a rent, but the multiplayer makes it worth the buy.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Among all the worlds shooters, action adventures and fantasy RPGs, that a game like Scribblenauts should come and capture the imaginations of gamers and game journalists all over the world is truly delightful.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    I've been playing Supernatural for the better part of a week now, and it's still surprising and delighting me with its cheery take on magic, horror and gothic. It's an expansion in the very best sense, and now up at the top of my list of Sims 3 must-haves.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    A glorious return for the hardcore tactical stealth genre.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Although it offers nothing new, it refines the series with crisper visuals, improved flight controls and the addition of Clank’s solo missions. If you weren’t a fan of the series before this won’t change your mind, but fans will enjoy it.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The campaign mode is genuinely good fun, mixing in puzzle levels that really do challenge you to think outside of the box.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    More akin to a great part one of a television two-parter – awesome, but not the whole story.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Highly recommended if you have a serious grudge against grizzly bears too.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    DJ Hero isn’t exactly a step forward, but an impressive leap sideways into a new musical genre and an innovative gameplay mechanic.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    You won't beat survivor mode on your first playthrough, you'll die a lot, and you'll fear the dark more than in the majority of survival horrors released in the last generation of gaming. While the game isn't perfect, it's easily the best title available in the survival horror genre at the moment.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Overall, Prey is a polished game that does a lot of good storytelling, despite not having a particularly original plot. Prepare for a lot of notes and emails, and a lot of cups attacking you. It also doesn’t try to be anything it's not, but its beautiful music and audio creates an amazing atmosphere.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Guitar Hero on the DS is an ambitious idea which could’ve easily failed but here we are with those ambitions fulfilled. Rock on, Vicarious Visions; let’s hear an encore soon.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Apart from the poor solo game, every other aspect of the game felt well polished. In fact is was a pleasure to play a game without any discernible graphic or control issues. Stetsons off to the game testers!
    • 82 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    It’s worth the nightmares it leaves you with.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    There is a stack of gameplay here, both in the singleplayer story (which is heavily connected to Assassin's Creed II) and in the multiplayer, which is a series first.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Forza Horizon is a game that really needs to be judged on its own merits, and not compared strictly to its predecessors, as they're related largely in name only. If you can put aside your preconceptions, then Forza Horizon is a very tidy package indeed.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    I am going to have to point out that the guts of the action is really quite basic: see zombie, kill zombie. But this game was always meant to be more of the "see zombie, make pithy remark to friend via Xbox live, kill zombie" type.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    It felt like a delicious goulash of past shooters like Duke Nukem, Unreal Tournament, Serious Sam and Borderlands. But I still found myself laughing shamefully, cringing sympathetically and then replaying levels over and over to unlock a new kill achievement or just to let off some steam. It's the best kind of guilty pleasure.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    SteamWorld Heist is a fascinating game; a strategy RPG through and through, but with a central hook that sets it apart and makes it worth a look even for people with little interest in the genre. It’s not a good game, “for an indie studio” - it’s just a great game, and one that anyone with a 3DS should look into.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    What instead stays with the player is the fantastic setting, awesome quests, cool customisation that develops as the player progresses, and unusual gameplay.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Combine this originality with the great music, cute characters (including a rival called Pudding!), and entertaining premise - it might just keep a lot of people hooked in there until the very end... those of whom haven't run off screaming into the night at the idea of a kitschy dance rhythm game, keeping them away from their precious FPS time.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    It looks like Nintendo have finally grown a pair and are willing to partake in an older gamer's market - delivering mature, dark, and often violent titles like Arkham City. It is also a comforting display of loyalty from a brilliant studio like Rocksteady, who haven't just ported the game, but honestly had some genuine fun with the new hardware of the Wii U.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Overly familiar multiplayer, but tells a compelling story.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    A bit repetitive, but the later games make this worthwhile.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    It’s the perfect blend of Borderlands’ humour and Telltale’s penchant for great writing and narrative-driven gameplay, and I’m eagerly awaiting the rest of the season.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    If you're not a hardcore PC super-score hunter, the controls are fine (and you're competing in a walled garden with other 360 gamers anyway) and the addition of an excellent online mode only adds to the already comprehensive depth of content on offer.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The Club wears its heart proudly on its sleeve and makes no apologies for what it is: beautiful, finely crafted gameplay that grabs one by the throat and demands they play some more.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The fresh look and new faces, matched with the familiar game style, make it a must-buy for fans of the original trilogy.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Motorstorm 2 gives us the one feature that the original failed to deliver. The game is fun. No more repeated crashes into the side of a cliff because all of the terrain looks identical and you have no idea which way is forward anymore. No more frustratingly difficult AI that is always directly behind you no matter how well you’ve been driving.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    If you want a co-operative multiplayer game that will keep you hooked for hours, this is the one for you.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    WWE 2K14 isn’t a huge improvement over WWE ’13. It does a great job of representing the events of past WrestleManias, however, packing a roster that has almost as many legends as modern superstars - it might even rely too much on nostalgic appeal.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Despite the sickeningly cute presentation and naff music, it’s not hard to recommend this game to Wii owners.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    After Burner's high-energy action, combined with next generation visuals and arcade pricing combines for a stellar package.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Sure, it's a little bit easy / forgiving but there's a lot of challenge in the stuff you unlock once you "finish" it. This is every bit worthy of a place in any discerning Shmup gamer's collection.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    What they have done is modernised the look and feel of the game but by keeping the games true to the originals they have given new gamers the opportunity to experience some great platform gaming.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    A good game and certainly worth experiencing, but not as cohesive or as impactful as what we were expecting the masters at id to deliver.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    A good sequel, but not one that ups the ante in any real way. Anyone who enjoyed the first game will most likely love the sequel, just don't expect a leap in quality like you see in some other sequels.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Minor technical problems aside, Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty is a game that recognises the limitations and shortcomings of the original. It addresses these, somehow making 17-year-old mechanics malleable, and shapes them into a mould that painlessly accepts contemporary production standards.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    This could be the basis for a fully fledged, cross-franchise Nintendo rhythm game - now there's something I'd pay good money for.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    But as far as exercise programs go, I've never seen anything as complete yet varied as Sports Active 2.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The game is a success thanks to what has remained unchanged. Though we're now 3D and have some wonderful cinematics, this is still the Final Fantasy IV you fell for in 1991. And for those who have yet to fall for the classic, this is a good place to start.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Overall, Dead or Alive 5: Last Round is the definitive version of a last gen game. Visually, it still looks great; however, it's still based on a last gen game. A new DoA running on current gen consoles with higher resolution textures can't come too soon, but for now, Dead or Alive 5: Last Round is satisfactory.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Colt is a great lead character. He's funny, angry, and an absurdly remorseless killer. The perfect lead for Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    If you’re able to motivate yourself to exercise you can do no wrong in getting Wii Fit. Granted it’s not for everyone, but the ones it is for will be able to take a lot away from it.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    There was a lot of wasted potential here. To its credit though, Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion looks fantastic.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    There’s an excellent 50-hour game in here, but being needlessly stretched out to the three-digit mark waters down the whole experience. If it earned its size and made good use of the time, that’d be one thing, but Persona 5 spends far too much time treading water. In trying to be more, Persona 5 ends up being less, and we’re left with a game that’s simply very good, rather than the masterpiece it deserves to be.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The relationship between Lee and Clementine is handled extremely well throughout the game.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Thankfully the game is a lot of fun!
    • 67 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Unfortunately, it doesn't feel like there's enough to do to maintain any long-term interest.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The ability to approach missions as you want to or just cruise around town in a tank, blowing stuff up is something you can't get anywhere else and simply must be experienced.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    This is definitely a must for any ice hockey fan or anyone who enjoyed Speedball back in the 80’s.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The biggest title in the series and a huge step forward from the original - as it should be, with over ten years between them. TTT2's most notable feature - the inclusion of weapons – will split fans down the middle; it's a big change to a traditionally melee series, but hopefully one they can improve upon in future instalments.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Ultimately if you're into tower defense games and have a hankering to play one on your DSi, this is a no-brainer.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    For all of its amazingly fancy graphics and tech engines running the show, Rage still felt delightfully old-school during the action sequences.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    With crisp graphics, great sound (mainly in the form of the excellent commentary), and surprisingly playable gameplay, NBA Jam for the iPhone is well worth picking up, even if (or perhaps especially if) you're not a basketball fan.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The feeling that DCUO is a brand-new game, that hasn't quite ironed out the wrinkles, is palpable.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Children of Arkham is a less theatric, but more disruptive story to Batman’s lore.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The AI does a solid job of pushing you hard, and also makes its fair share of stuff-ups which, if you are unlucky, can leave your car ruined. It's this kind of dynamic racing that is fun and keeps us coming back for more.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Phenomic Studios and Electronic Arts have done a fantastic job in presenting a game that is both original and fun to play.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Despite the hazardous save system, Anomaly: Warzone Earth presents a fresh take on the Tower Defense genre. It's satisfying, but leaves a lingering hunger for a sequel - hopefully with a tighter save system and more units.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The long, over-indulgent cinematic cut-scenes combined with the sometimes inappropriate odd-ball humour has had many gamers scratching their heads in confusion. Regardless of your view point though, very few could question the artistic genius behind this latest instalment.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Take 1 cup of Star Wars, blend in 2 tablespoons of Firefly and mix thoroughly. Mass Effect might not create as much of a stir as KOTOR did, but it's an undeniably good game that manages to showcase the incredible talent and dedication of the BioWare team.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    At $9.99, SkyDrift is an absolute steal. There's not a huge amount of content, but what's here is excellent, and developers Digital Reality have already demonstrated that they're ready and willing to support the game with affordably priced DLC.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    It definitely lacks the high level of polish we've come to expect of the series, however, and settles at merely "very good" in that regard. It also pales in comparison to the previously released (and far superior) 3D Land, making an otherwise very good game seem somewhat lacklustre when held up against its older brother.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Stacking possesses many elements of a great game: challenge, humour, well written plot, user friendly, great sound and visuals… and for the casual gamer it's easy to pick up and play for brief periods of pleasant distraction. We reckon you'll love it, but if further convincing is required you can download the trial from XBLA, which costs nothing but time and bandwidth.
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    • 85 Critic Score
    If you're a fan of the tables, you'll love poring over each of the included flyers, reading up on the game's history, and generally soaking up the care and attention that's gone into each game's digital double.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    A fun little game that will give you hours of "just one more fight then so I can get even" entertainment.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    A very satisfying expansion that adds in very fun and powerful units as well as a fun new game type.
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    • 85 Critic Score
    Overall this is a great little game for fans of drifting. It's not easy, but represents a real challenge that rewards perseverance. If you are grounded, without a car, or without a licence, then this game will put you back in the driving seat. Remember folks: don't drink and play!
    • 70 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Overall, New Little King's Story is an engaging combination of easy to master combat, bosses are a decent challenge, and building up your kingdom is as entertaining as the laws you can create.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    A must buy for any first person shooter fan - if only to learn a bit of history.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    If you’re new to Metallica, this is a great introduction to classic metal, and a showcase title for Neversoft, who have really begun to ride the lightening.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    NHL 10 is a great game, hampered only by a lack of anything new.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    All in all, it works pretty well - it looks nice, is fun to play and has an awesome "Crusader: No Remorse" kind of feel to it, something no game in recent memory has managed.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    f you persevere through your first impressions, you'll discover a remarkably rich experience that just gets better as you go on.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    If you’re already in the possession of the very excellent Age of Empires III, then this expansion is a must-have.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    It melts my brain to think how much money people could throw at this game. So this is a caution to anyone who obsessively collects things. Disney Infinity is a good game, and one that caresses your cranium in a creative and imaginative way. But you will need to throw money at it. Lots of money.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Although it’s no Final Fantasy X (which still remains the greatest of all time) Tales of Xillia is definitely a worthwhile purchase if you’re a fan of RPGs, and provides everything you’d expect from a story-driven game.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Hopefully this proves to be a massive success because with this solid a framework to build on, a sequel could be more addictive than crack!
    • 81 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    This doesn't feel as much like a sequel to Scribblenauts as it does a better version of exactly the same game. It's Scribblenauts 1.1.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    This solid football game offers hours of enjoyment, both via single and multiplayer, and has enough improvements to keep FIFA ’08 fans happy. However, the limited number of teams and the pure European focus may put off some of the more casual players.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Call of Duty: World at War feels at times like a little brother holding the hand of the more confident Modern Warfare, but keep in mind that it definitely shares the same genes.